Just a few weeks after parting ways with Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool 2, director Tim Miller has moved over to Sony to executive produce SONIC THE HEDGEHOG reuniting Miller with longtime collaborator Jeff Fowler, who will make his feature directorial debut with the project.
The story centers on Sonic and his friends, including Tails and Knuckles, who run around collecting items and points as they attempt to foil the global domination plans of Doctor Eggman Robotnick. It is based on the popular video game that was released by Sega in 1991 and went on to become one of the world’s biggest gaming icons and sold more than 350 million copies.
The script is being penned by Patrick Casey and Josh Miller with Neal H. Moritz producing alongside Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi. Toby Ascher executive produces with Miller while DJ2 Entertainment’s Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons co-produce. The project is set up at Sony Pictures and Marza Animation Planet.
Miller made a splash earlier this year finding box office and critical success with the Fox actioner Deadpool. Anticipation for the sequel has been high as Fox reunited the original team, however just a short time ago Miller left the project after creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. The split was amicable, with Fox already in the works with Miller on Influx, based on the novel by Daniel Suarez.
Miller and Fowler previously worked together on the animated short film Gopher Broke, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2005, and are currently developing an adaptation of the comic The Goon with David Fincher.
Emily J | Staff Writer